Chrome apps are going to be gone in a matter of months. They will begin to do so from this next March and will be history completely, ceasing to function, in June 2020. The reason? The advancement of the web, they say.
“The web has made substantial progress since the launch of Chrome Apps in 2013”, they have explained from Google remembering the birth of these applications that ran thanks to the Google browser, but worked independently of it as if they were native to the system.
“As community members, we continue to work with other browsers and invest to bring valuable new capabilities to the platform, as seen in the announcements made at the Chrome Developer Summit last November, […] With this continued progress, we are expanding our previous announcement and will begin to withdraw support for Chrome apps on all operating systems. “
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Only 1% of users used Chrome apps
The idea was and is very good, however, user figures have not accompanied the functionality. On Windows, Mac and Linux, according to Mountain View, only 1% of users used Google Chrome applications. Therefore, already in 2016, they announced the near end of Chrome Apps.
The current calendar published by the company shows how support for the applications will be phased out:
March 2020: Chrome Web Store will stop accepting new Chrome apps. Developers will be able to update existing Chrome apps until June 2022.
June 2020: End of support for Chrome applications on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Customers with the Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support until December 2020.
December 2020: End of support for Chrome applications on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
June 2021: End of support for the NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI APIs.
June 2021: End of support for Chrome apps on Chrome OS. Customers with the Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support until June 2022.
June 2022: End of support for Chrome apps on Chrome OS for all customers.
As is obvious, these measures will not affect extensions at all and Google has been in charge of remembering it by reiterating its commitment to them. “Fostering a strong extensions ecosystem is central to Chrome’s mission, and we are committed to providing a useful extensions platform to personalize the browsing experience for all users,” they say.